“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
In January I spent 10 days at World Venture Headquarters in Littleton, Colorado. During my first few days there I attended Pre-Departure training, which was filled with great information to help me prepare for this next chapter in my journey. The sessions covered topics such as integrity, mourning, transitions, as well as logistical issues of moving to another country.
During my time in Colorado I also attended Renewal Conference, which is held annually for all World Venture missionaries on home assignment. The goal of RC is to help us missionaries connect on a deeper level with God, each other and World Venture. The first few days were spent in corporate and personal prayer, along with times of worship. Later on in the week we heard from many of the World Venture leadership and missionaries, giving guidance and encouragement to each of us.
My time was blessed by all that I was learning and also by the friendships God placed in my life. I was blessed by getting to know three other single ladies who are each on their own journey to locations around the world, it’s so nice to have friends who are headed down the same road you are.
I also got to meet the lovely ladies in the picture above, each of them have been serving God in Senegal for many years. They were all so welcoming and encouraging to me and I can’t wait to join them in ministry!
Another question I hear often is, “Are you getting excited?” I have such a mixed reaction to this. I am definitely excited for what God is doing in my life and I’m looking forward to seeing how he will use me in Senegal. But, I also struggle with being anxious about all the changes that await me. I know that moving to a new country won’t be easy and I don’t relish being away from my family and friends. I’m so thankful to be able to look back at my life and see how God has provided for me and my family, it helps me remember that he will continue to provide.
As I sit here writing to you it is 2 degrees outside, with big beautiful snowflakes gently falling and I am relishing the view. As much as this winter has been cold and long, I know when I’m in Africa I will miss looking out my window in the winter and see the snow falling. But I can’t wait to see what sights and sounds await me that I can share with you!
I truly covet your prayers over the coming weeks. There are so many goodbye I must say, all with differing degrees of difficultly. I know that God will see me through this step of following him, but I ask you to pray that those I leave behind with be reminded of the same thing!
One-time Expenses – 100%
Monthly Expenses – 90%
Thank you for your prayers,